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Wine Cork Christmas Wreath

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If you’re a reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that sometimes we like to get our wine on!
Sometimes with dinner, sometimes for girl’s nights, and sometimes even while crafting (okay, definitely not for crafts that involve power tools. Ya gotta draw the line somewhere!)

Now, I’m no Kathy Lee Gifford but give me a crisp chardonnay and I’m one happy girl!

Throughout these wine-loving years of mine, I’ve saved plenty of wine corks from parties and get togethers. At the time, I wasn’t really sure what I would do with the corks exactly, but I kept stockpiling them anyway.

Last Christmas, my mom and I decided to put her saved corks & my saved corks to good use. And let me tell ya, when we combined our collections, we had quite the haul of corks!

Being in the festive spirit, we decided to make Christmas wreaths out of the corks.

We simply split the corks into thirds. Spray painted 1/3 red, 1/3 green, and left the 1/3 natural.
Then it was gluing time. Just buy a foam wreath from any craft store. Get out your hot glue gun, and start going to town, until it’s all covered and looking the way you want.

If you’re having trouble getting the corks to stay, I would recommend using a few small push pin needles. Simply pierce the cork into the foam. Then those suckers won’t go anywhere!

Feel free to decorate however you like. We used some ribbon and wire to make a nice little bow.

Definitely a unique wreath…perfect to display at holiday parties!
With all of our corks, we were even able to make extra wreaths to give away as Christmas gifts. Cheers to drinking so much wine over the years!
P.S. Anyone else OBSESSED with mini candy canes! Yummm…they get me in the holiday spirit!
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A Christmas Gift you will L.O.V.E.

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I don’t know about you, but when it comes to the holidays I want to check everything off my list without breaking the bank. And if I can get a gift for someone special on the cheap…and personalize it…it’s a win/win!

So last Christmas, my siblings and I wanted to do something extra special for our mom.

She is one amazing woman and we wanted to show her how much we LOVE her! She also has a new house with plenty of wall space. So I thought some personalized art might be right up her alley.

I bought some poster board. Cut it into 5 even panels and traced letters onto the posters. I then filled in the letters and heart with black paint. It didn’t take me long at all!

Now I’ve gotta say…the tricky part about this project was actually getting everyone together to take the pictures. We live all over the country (St. Louis, Denver, & Chicago) and the only time we were all going to be together was for Thanksgiving.

As my mom prepared dinner, we each took turns running outside into the cold, snapping a few pics, and coming back inside. My mom did get a little suspicious as to where we kept going…but luckily we were able to keep it a secret from her!

I think this would be a wonderful idea for any family..young or old. But, I must say that even when the kids are in their 20’s and 30’s (like us), it can be a pain making sure everyone likes their photo! (Man, those brothers of mine really wanted to look good!) It was also a big fight over who got to hold each letter. Some things never change, even as the “kids” grow up…
In the end, it turned out beautifully and my mom absolutely LOVED it. It was a personal and inexpensive gift that she will cherish forever.
My mom displays it in the kitchen for all to see, and everyone who comes to her home just gushes over it!
Happy Holiday Shopping & Crafting!
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